It’s been about a year since I gave a little tour of the downstairs of our home. The past month has been full of much rearranging, as we attempt to utilize our space in the best possible way. I’ve been waiting to post pictures when it was “perfect”. Then it hit me how this will never happen, so it was time to just take pictures. The biggest change is that we switched the living room and school room around. As you walk in, you are greeted into our cheery school room:
Each child has a locker, and we also store coloring books, craft items, and other untouchables (like tape!) in the top lockers. I recently scored an amazing deal on Craigslist which included six IKEA expedit shelving units for the price of one! The shelves under our chalk board contain all our schoolbooks and readers, divided by subject into each square. The shelf as you walk in to the schoolroom contains space enough for everyone to have one bin for their shoes. The flip side has squares and bins for my school books, clipboards, portfolios, and a few other things. Each person has a filing cabinet with six drawers, divided into categories by school subject.
Here is a blurry wide-angle view, as my wide-angle lens is not a precise fit.
Moving on to the living room… it is a tight squeeze to get a good picture.
Through the living room, is the kitchen. Earlier this month I woke up one morning and decided to paint our kitchen! There was a new can of paint (bought for Nadine’s dresser makeover), and all the kids were sleeping. What is a girl to do? So, a quick makeover was in order. It is super happy now. We added a book shelf to store some larger items we use often but would love to not be on the counter-top. Nadine painted the mirror and everyone helped to spray paint the chairs. Matthew was pretty surprised when he got home that day!
My favorite decoration is my “new” vintage hanging scale. Eventually we will move it in front of the window so it’s a bit easier for everyone to pull fruit from its base. But for now there was already a hook in the ceiling in the corner.
Up next: a tour of the upstairs! We now have an office and sewing room, thanks to Nadine giving up her personal space and sharing with her sisters. It is still in the organizing stage, so I will post pictures when it is finished. Hope you can stop by sometime!